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Youthful Mother of the Bride Dresses

Updated on June 26, 2018
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Vintage fashion is my hobby because I am fashion conscious and try to be unique. My personal signature? Wearing vintage-inspired apparel.

On the wedding day, the mother of the bride's dress is the second most important outfit after the bridal dress, and knowing this, many mothers are in a dilemma when it comes to choosing what to wear on their daughter's wedding day.

So, if your daughter is getting married and you are undecided on what style to wear, you are not alone.

These unique mother-of-brides dresses are for vintage style enthusiasts. Not only are they great for vintage theme weddings, they are also show-stopping 1920s style.
These unique mother-of-brides dresses are for vintage style enthusiasts. Not only are they great for vintage theme weddings, they are also show-stopping 1920s style.

Being the bride's mother, you want to look wonderful and at your best. This means looking classy and sophisticated without crossing the line and it is not really hard to achieve that look.

It doesn't matter whether you are in your late 40s or early 80s; you must strive to make your own fashion statement and once you know the wedding theme and the colours of the day, things are half-way solved.

Before you finally decide on what to wear, its good to discuss at length with your daughter because it is her day and she not only wants you to look smashing, she wants you to look youthful in your mother of the bride dress.

Vintage-Inspired Mother of the Bride Dresses

Many die-hard vintage style enthusiasts tend to have a preference for vintage-inspired styles because only do they scream "glamour", they are stylishly different and always attract a second glance.

From alluring flapper style gowns to attires with a semblance of simple elegance, the designs of the 19th century reproduced with a modern twist are youthful, smart, and will attract a second and third glance. And since the bride's day is a day of honour for her mother, her style should be deserving of this honour.

Yes, it’s the bride's day but it is also the mother of the bride's day as well.

Elegant and body-flattering mother-of-the-bride dresses. Notice the stylish silhouette and details of these formal dresses. Long and sweeping hemlines give them a vintage-inspired old Hollywood glamour look.
Elegant and body-flattering mother-of-the-bride dresses. Notice the stylish silhouette and details of these formal dresses. Long and sweeping hemlines give them a vintage-inspired old Hollywood glamour look.

How to Choose the Right Dress

The secret of choosing a youthful but appropriate dress lies not only in its form and style, but also in its fabric type, the texture, its colour, and how it is accessorized.

From off-the-shoulder dresses and trumpet style gowns to elegant A-line dresses and tea-length ball gowns, dresses for a bride and groom's mother can be anything from a short length outfit to a long floor-sweeping layered gown.

A mother-of-the-bride attire must have any of the following qualities and must be:

  • Smart and classy, but certainly chic
  • Graceful, if it is a floor-length dress
  • Elegant if it is a suit-like attire
  • Timeless
  • Glamorous
  • Formal or semi-formal

For those who like embellishments and other forms of ornamentation, it is good to steer clear of the over-fancy and overtly embellished MOB outfits. The subtle adornment of a dress for a wedding occasion is fine as long as it doesn't compete for attention with the wedding dress.

Less formal dresses for the bride's mother. These outfits are great for younger mothers who are quite comfortable with wearing something simple but chic.
Less formal dresses for the bride's mother. These outfits are great for younger mothers who are quite comfortable with wearing something simple but chic.

You can break the rules and forget the usual dress codes. Break away from the norm and the rules of conformity.

You can wear whatever style you feel good in, one that looks fantastic on and draws tons of compliments, but remember this, don't outshine the bride.

Today's mothers of the bride are unlike the stereotype of the past because many are much younger than their predecessors. They are still youthful enough for the glitz and glamour that 'turns heads' so, chic and trendy dresses are now commonplace while traditional 'frumpy' styles are gone forever.

One important tip though dress in accordance with good taste and a great dress sense and only wear what will fit and complement your body type and proportions.


Further Reading:

Mother of the Bride's Role and Responsibilities

Youthful styles for the bold and daring mother of the bride. These short length and calf-length MOB dresses are totally for the young at heart.
Youthful styles for the bold and daring mother of the bride. These short length and calf-length MOB dresses are totally for the young at heart.
If you prefer the less dramatic look, these mother of the bride gowns are simple but beautiful in their own way.
If you prefer the less dramatic look, these mother of the bride gowns are simple but beautiful in their own way.

Tips

Before you go shopping for your dress here are a few tips you may find helpful.

  • Will you rather wear a formal floor length gown than something more daring and youthful like a short or calf-length MOB dress?
  • Choose only colours and a style that best suits the wedding theme.
  • If you can sketch, draw out an idea of what you'll like to look like when fully attired.
  • For mother-of-the-bride dress ideas, search wedding boards on Pinterest. You’ll find tons of designs and wonderful ideas there.
  • Visit local bridal boutiques. You can even check out the bridesmaid's section if you typically dress in a youthful manner.
  • Visit wedding stores online for inspiration. Some styles you'll find in the 'Special Occasion Dresses' section of such stores are always elegant/chic/smart; you can’t but find one that will look wonderful on you.

Finally, pay special attention to your choice of accessories and remember they must be both beautiful and complimentary to your dress. You don’t want a mismatch or clash between your dress and your accessories.


ARE YOU BOLD AND DARING ENOUGH TO STUN YOUR GUESTS WITH A RACY AND ALLURING MUM OF THE BRIDE DRESS?

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      Cheryl Lesley 

      6 weeks ago

      Black foe a wedding? I did not like the colors.

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      sonoda 

      6 years ago

      i like soooooooooooooo much

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      mother of a bride 

      6 years ago

      where can i buy this lilac dress and jacket

      and price ??

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      motherbridedress 

      7 years ago

      beautiful ant hot

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      Thanks guys, and thank you for visiting.

      Blessings

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      ournote2self 

      7 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mother of the Groom Dresses 

      7 years ago

      Wow! I see you have really taken time to research and provide good information about dresses for the Mother of the Bride and Groom. Thanks for sharing.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Thelma,

      Philippine style outfit designs truly look wonderful because asides being chic and stylish, their designers pay much attention to detail.

      For sure you have chosen a great mother of the bride dress.

      I can assure you that you wont look overdressed, but will look the part you play, one that will make your son proud. everyone wants a stylish mother.

      Thanks for the visit Thelma. Glad you like the article.

      GodBless and goodluck.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      Hi! This hub is great. My son is getting married this end of the month and I was excited looking for a dress to wear. Now I have choosen a chic Filipina dress from the Philippines with laces and I hope I´m not over dress on the wedding. I don´t like to shine more than the bride. Thanks for sharing.

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      linen-fabric 

      7 years ago from Belarus

      Nice hat - I'm going to give it a try.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Rebekah. For your visit and very nice comments. From a great hubber as you, i appreciate your views.

      I'm so excited for you for the coming wedding. It will definitely be your day to shine.

      Best wishes for that important day.

      GodBless

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      rebekahELLE 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      very nice. I like your selections and advice. the frumpy dresses do not ever belong at a wedding! my oldest son is getting married this Nov. and I'm so excited. the dress is beautiful, in fact the bride to be helped me choose the perfect one! I love your hubs. they're very well done and so chic. [I think something also important to remember is the location and formality of the reception.]

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      Wedding Planning Bay Area  

      8 years ago

      Very nice dresses, good photos.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Neil.

      And thanks for finding the time to leave a comment.

      Cheers

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      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent !!! Love it..

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      9 years ago

      Thank you so much, Mother of the bride outfits, for reading my hub, for your nice comments, and for your advice which i'm following now.

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      Mother of the Bride Outfits 

      9 years ago

      Some absolutely stunning Mother of the Bride outfits here. Unfortunately the main picture is too blurred to enjoy, but one still gets the idea and it is lovely.

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